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Could diverticulitis lead to colon cancer?

Could diverticulitis lead to colon cancer?

No: Although there doesn't appear to be a direct link between diverticular disease and colon or rectal cancer, diverticular disease may make cancer more difficult to diagnose. And rarely, what appears to be diverticulitis may be colon cancer. Because of this, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy after you've recovered from a bout of diverticulitis. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Does 29 years old can have colon cancer and diverticulitis the same time?

Does 29 years old can have colon cancer and diverticulitis the same time?

Possible: Yes there is possibility. Please see gastroenterologist to be evaluate via colonoscopy. There are certain hereditary colon cancer that may associated with early age. ...Read more

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What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more

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What will be the cause for 29 years old girl diagnose for colon cancer? Colon abscess? Perforation? Diverticulitis? Stage 2a (t3nomo)

What will be the cause for 29 years old girl diagnose for colon cancer? Colon abscess? Perforation? Diverticulitis? Stage 2a (t3nomo)

Hereditary: Abscesses, perforations, and diverticulitis are not known to cause colon cancer. Colon cancer in a young person may be due to an inherited cancer susceptibility problem like lynch (hnpcc) or gardner's (fap), especially if there is a family history. Genetic counseling and tests can be done to determine if there is a hereditary genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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I did a CT scan came back negative for diverticulitis but showed a narrowing of the colon. 3cm. Other organs are ok. Does it mean I have colon cancer? I have no blood in stool but I had two episode of complete blockage with vomiting. Colonoscopy next

I did a CT scan came back negative for diverticulitis but showed a narrowing of the colon. 3cm. Other organs are ok. Does it mean I have colon cancer? I have no blood in stool but I had two episode of complete blockage with vomiting. Colonoscopy next

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy, that you planning, should settle the issue.
Wish you good health!
Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can a person develope obstructive colon cancer two years after scope that showed 1 hyper and 1 adenoma polyp and diverticulosis?

Can a person develope obstructive colon cancer two years after scope that showed 1 hyper and 1 adenoma polyp and diverticulosis?

Yes: It is possible, although rare.
The most common explanation would have been a missed colon polyp during the past procedure, due to either poor colon prep (stool in colon) or incomplete procedure due to technical reasons.
Aggressive cancers (with genetic mutations - usually hereditary) can lead to obstructive cancer in a year. ...Read more

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Possibility of having colon cancer two years after having colonoscopy that revealed two polyps 1 hyper, 1 tubular and diverticulosis.

Exceptions are there: Cancer usually takes 5 years to start and get detected but there are exceptions. Also, sometime, due to to poor preparation, everything will not be seen in colonoscopy.
Please discuss with your GI doctor. ...Read more

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58 year old female. Pain in lower left stomach and pencil shaped stools. In past diagonised with diverticulites. Could be colon cancer?

58 year old female. Pain in lower left stomach and pencil shaped stools. In past diagonised with diverticulites. Could be colon cancer?

Go see your DR: For your annual stool occult blood test.
Colon cancer usually present with positive blood in stool with anemia. Weight loss, loss of appetite and fatigue could happen at the later stage of colon cancer.
Only a colonoscopy with biopsy of suspicious mass will confirm colon cancer.
Go see a gastroenterologist to calm your mind. ...Read more

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Colon issues 4 years, 4 ct scans Over 4 years show diverticulosis, sigmoidoscopy to 35cm normal, woke to bloody diaherea today colon cancer?

Colon issues 4 years, 4 ct scans Over 4 years show diverticulosis, sigmoidoscopy to 35cm normal, woke to bloody diaherea today colon cancer?

Unlikely: Colon cancer does not present with bloody diarrhea. Sounds more likely to be an infection, for related to you diverticulosis or something called an arterio-venous malformation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Need colonoscopy: Your history and ct study are classic for acute diverticulitis. Nevertheless, we always advise having a colonoscopy after your first episode of diverticulitis (well-after the episode resolves) since inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer can demonstrate comparable ct findings as described. ...Read more

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Can diverticulosis (not itis) be mistaken for colon cancer on CT scan? PCP says no. No referal for other tests.

Can diverticulosis (not itis) be mistaken for colon cancer on CT scan? PCP says no. No referal for other tests.

Possible but rare: Yes diverticulosis is benign, has distinct appearance from CA on CT for a trained radiologist will read as accurate as reading finger prints, some times in between diverticula the wall may be thickened, may have mucosal overgrowth will mimic a early cancer, then colonoscopy indicated, at 39 cancer is not common but age is not exception for CA, ask again for referral. ...Read more

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Stools are lumpy and pellety surrounded by what appears to be soft stool outside. Had sigmoidoscopy and 4 CT scan found diverticulosis. Colon cancer?

Stools are lumpy and pellety surrounded by what appears to be soft stool outside. Had sigmoidoscopy and 4 CT scan found diverticulosis. Colon cancer?

Not likely: You need to attend to your hydration. Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless and watery. Take a fiber laxative to ensure that your stool is soft. You may take a laxative like Metamucil. ...Read more

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Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years, sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools: Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative sigmoidoscopy is reassuring in making cancer unlikely but a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

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Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia.

If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How to know if colon cancer?

How to know if colon cancer?

Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more

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How is colon cancer diagnosed?

How is colon cancer diagnosed?

Colonoscopy: Ct scan, pet scan, rectal ultrasound may also be indicated. ...Read more

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What is the cause of colon cancer?

What is the cause of colon cancer?

Multiple factors: Age over 50, chronic intestinal diseases, polyps, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and filly history of cancer can all increase your risk. Majority occur due to acquired defects in cells lining the intestines from a combination of one or more factors. Small minority are hereditary. ...Read more

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How to know if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy + biopsy as indicated.
If you do have risk factors, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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What are the stages of colon cancer?

What are the stages of colon cancer?

1 through 4: The stage of colon cancer is based upon the depth of penetration of the cancer thru the colon wall, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, and the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic disease). The stage is associated with prognosis and guides our recommendations regarding chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is colon cancer?

What sort of disease is colon cancer?

Cancer: Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon). Surgery is generally required to remove the portion of colon involved with cancer. Colonoscopy is performed to prevent colon cancer. Polyps, small growths, , which can turn into cancer, are removed during a colonoscopy so they don't turn into a cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of colon cancer

What are the symptoms of colon cancer

None at early stage: Early stage of colon cancer has no symptoms at all, that is the reason to have colonascopy, at the age of 50 and on, . Early detection assures the cure, as tumor advances change of bowel habit, bleeding, weight loss, bowel obstruction etc. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of colon cancer?

What is the symptoms of colon cancer?

More than one sympto: The symptoms are different/varied in each person. Rectal bleed is a common symptom. A change of bowel habits (constipation alternating with diarrhea), weight loss and abdominal pain are relatively common symptoms.
What is your age??? ...Read more

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What stage colon cancer is pt4a pn1c?

What stage colon cancer is pt4a pn1c?

T4aN1c M?: Any evidence of spreading to other organ?
If no spread- t4an1 means- stage 3b cancer. If evidence of sprading to other organ- it is a stage 4. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms for colon cancer?

What is the symptoms for colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: Possible Sx's /Signs of colon cancer: Blood in stool, change in feces (loose stool/ constipation/ etc.), abdominal pain, cramps, gas, weight loss, weakness, incomplete evacuation of bowel. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20031877 ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of colon cancer?

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What is the prevalence of colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: Review of literature shows: 132, 700 new cases diagnosed each year in the US. 93, 000 of these cases are colon cancer and the rest are rectal cancer. Colon and rectal cancer is common and lethal. Five years survival rate varies from 93% for stage I to 8.6% for stage IV. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

Depends: Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended. If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies! ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of colon cancer?

Depend of location: Women and men are equally affected by colon cancer. The symptoms depend of the localization of the tumor in the right or the left colon. Family history is important. The right colon cancer can grows without symptoms, it presents with asthenia, weakness and when checked anemia will be present, in the left side cancer presents with progressive const. Ipation. Colonoscopy at 50 y.O find curable cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more